June 2017 (Kigali, Rwanda): Around 70 representatives of eight WAVES member countries, plus donor countries, United Nations agencies, academics, and experts from think tanks and nongovernmental organizations, attended the two-day meeting, held in Kigali, Rwanda, June 6–7 2017. The Government of Rwanda’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and the World Bank officially co-hosted the meeting—the first WAVES annual meeting to be held in Africa. Mr. Ruud Jansen, the Executive Secretary of the GDSA, gave a presentation during the meeting.
This was the second year that the GDSA Secretariat was asked to present at the meeting (read more about last year's meeting in Costa Rica, here). Three of the 12 GDSA countries are WAVES Core Implementing Countries (Botswana, Rwanda, and Madagascar); WAVES and the GDSA, along with CI, co-organized a workshop on natural capital accounting last year. Mr. Ruud Jansen also attended the World Environment Day ceremony while in Rwanda.
More information this meeting can be found on the WAVES website, including presentations given at the meeting itself.